Gaz M20 Pobeda
Martyn Raybould

Martyn Raybould

Chargers, suitcases and cars as objet d’art – Classic Investments set to stun at the NEC Classic Motor Show

Chargers, suitcases and cars as objet d’art – Classic Investments set to stun at the NEC Classic Motor Show! The NEC is THE event for classic and collectible car enthusiasts and business and as usual, there will be some cracking metal on display! Many of those attending will be Trade Members of the Specialist Vehicle Association.

  • Three stunning cars form centerpiece of Classic Investments’ display
  • Flawless Jaguar E-type and Dodge Charger to be joined by definitive Gaz M20 ‘Pobeda’
  • End-to-end restoration services, from chrome plating to bespoke luggage

Classic Investments, the UK-based restoration specialist, will be going big and small at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham 12-14 November, as it presents three very different, but still outstanding, restoration projects.

From the days when everything was tailored to the customer!

For its debut in Birmingham, Classic Investments will be showing a matching numbers 1966 E-type FHC RHD Series 1, which will line up with a matching numbers 1970 Dodge Charger 1970 and a diminutive Gaz M20. Each distinct in their personality, the triptych covers the sublime to the surprising on one stand.   

Already recognized a leader in delivering bankable classics, the UK based specialist will be showcasing its hand-in-hand approach to restorations, which allows clients to be fully engaged on the project from anywhere in the world.

One of only 1,583 Right-Hand drive Series 1 4.2 Coupes built, Classic Investments’ 1966  Jaguar E-type must rank as one of the most meticulously finished and presented examples in existence. With matching numbers and a documented history, it’s believed that the 24,555 miles shown on the odometer are correct. Finished in a contemporary Opalescent Gunmetal with a with red Italian leather interior, it’s a fitting car to see out the 60th anniversary of the legendary Jaguar.

A true icon on the road and on the silver screen, the mighty Dodge Charger needs no introduction and Classic Investments’ reputation for restoring these behemoths will be cemented with the 1970 318CI (5.2-litre) model presented at the show. Fully rebuilt and with a mirror black finish, every inch of the car has been worked on – from the chrome plating to the retrimmed interior. A rare feature in itself, the car also features original R2V air conditioning, fully restored and operational. Nominated in last year’s highly respected Virtual Concours competition, this year enthusiasts get to enjoy the sheer scale of the car in the metal.

Despite its diminutive size, Classic Investments’ one-off Gaz M20 ‘Pobeda’ project hasn’t received less attention that its stablemates, with thousands of hours spent bringing the Russian car to a condition substantially better than when it left the factory. Probably the definitive M20 restoration in existence, it perfectly encapsulates Classic Investment’s ability to deliver any car as concours ready. The finished car does remain faithful to the original, however, with a factory correct engine and gearbox, and period correct interior.

All Classic Investments’ cars undergo the same level of work with founder’s Agris Alksnis mantra of ‘Do It Once, Do It Right’.  Whether clients desire a factory original specification, or a range of discreet upgrades designed to help the car perform on modern roads, or even a hand-crafted steering wheel, the company ensures that the restorations that emerge from its workshops are not just perfect cars, but the owners’ perfect cars.

In addition to its vehicles, Classic Investments will be showing some of the services that distinguish its work including its custom and bespoke luggage. Using traditional techniques and materials to create mounted luggage or enclosed trunk luggage, it can create contemporary pieces or articles indistinguishable from the original.

The Classic Investments presentation of vehicles can be found at stand 3-528.

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